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Events about Writing/Writers

Fall 2011 Events For additional information, e-mail cww@salem.edu

Fall 2011 Events


For additional information, e-mail cww@salem.edu. You may also see details on these and other events in the Fall 2011 Cultural Events brochure.  

DWELLING DETAILS AND DOMESTIC INTEGRITY:  AN EVENING WITH MEGHAN DAUM
Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m.
Shirley Recital Hall, Salem Fine Arts Center

The Beverly Johnson Pritchard Lecture

Meghan Daum is the author, most recently, of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir about real estate addiction, published in May 2010 by Knopf. Since 2005, she has been a weekly opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Times. Meghan Daum is also the author of the essay collection My Misspent Youth and the novel The Quality of Life Report. She has contributed to public radio programs such as This American Life and Marketplace, and her articles and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, GQ, Vogue, and The New York Times, among other publications. She lives in Los Angeles.

CRAFT TALK: MAKING SCENES WITH HOLLY GODDARD JONES
Tuesday, October 18 at 3 p.m.
The Library Assembly Room, 3rd Floor of Gramley Library

Stories are generally built around scenes, but it can be challenging to decide which scenes deserve dramatization. Many writers, when confronted with this confusion, actually choose to illustrate rather than to dramatize--to pick a representative moment or episode rather than the moment that advances plot. This talk will focus on how to recognize the difference between illustrative and dramatic scenes, how to turn illustrations into dramatizations, and when it is, in fact, useful and right to use an illustration.

HOLLY GODDARD JONES READING
Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m.
The Saal, Single Sisters House

Holly Goddard Jones is the author of Girl Trouble, a collection of short stories. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Kenyon Review, and The Southern Review, among others, and in anthologies such as Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South. She teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at UNC Greensboro.

About Girl Trouble, Edward P. Jones says, “A grand debut of a writer who is assured, sensitive, and wonderfully skillful. . . . A marvelous work of heartbreaking wisdom.”